24th June - 5th July / Great Llancayo Upper Wood near Usk, Monmouthshire
This large-scale, site-specific production performed in an ancient woodland near Usk, Monmouthshire, gave audiences a vivid glimpse into life – and death – in the trenches and battlefields of the Somme.
Inspired by Welsh writer Owen Sheers’ poem, Mametz Wood, it drew on written material by the poets who fought in or witnessed one of the bloodiest conflicts of the First World War, the Battle of Mametz Wood, in which 4,000 of the 38th (Welsh) Division were killed or wounded. Among the soldiers who took part were several key Welsh and English war poets, including Robert Graves, David Jones, Siegfried Sassoon and Llewelyn Wyn Griffith, and Sheers’ own great, great uncle, William Gwyn Davies.
Mametz was co-commissioned by National Theatre Wales and 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Dafydd Llyr Thomas
Sion Daniel Young
Thomas David Carron
Ailsa Margaret Dunn
John A Thomas
SARAH JANE LEIGH